Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Jul 9:
After the Mukti Mandap Pandit Sabha (a body of religious scholars of the temple) expressed its apprehensions that the debate over the Ghata Parivartan fiasco of the presiding deities in the Shree Jagannath temple in Odisha’s pilgrim town of Puri could lead to a religious crisis and blamed the Daitapatis sevayats for presenting misleading facts with regard to Shree Mandir record of rights (RoR) over rights pertaining to Ghata Parivartan of the Lords, the Daitapatis have said the Sabha has no role in the RoR system.
The Sabha had said the continuing debate could cause damage to the Shree Jagannath cult and the spiritual consciousness connected with it and had opined that there is a need for a relook at the RoR and amendments to it. The Sabha has in made its opinion known to the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration and chairman of the Temple Management Committee in writing and has requested it to study it. The Sabha has also asked for seeking the opinion of the Shankarharya of Govardhan Peeth in the matter.
However, the Daitapatis have rejected the Sabha’s proposal outright. Joint secretary of the Daitapati Nijog Binayak Das Mohapatra has said the Mukti Mandap Pandit Sabha has no role in the Shree Mandir RoR system. He said the Sabha has no rights to make amendments to the RoR adding that there is no need to amend the RoR. The Sabha should abstain from making such remarks and do its work properly rather than indulge in such unnecessary baseless arguments like amending the RoR. He advised the Sabha to refrain from unnecessary interference in Shree Mandir RoR matters.
Das Mohapatra asserted that RoR of institutions like Shree Mandir cannot be changed on the basis of someone asking for it.
In his reactions on the Sabha’s proposal for amending Shree Mandir RoR, the SJTA chief administrator Suresh Mohapatra said the Mukti Mandap Pandit Sabha has no seva (service) in the Shree Mandir. Therefore, the proposal for amending the RoR appears to be unrealistic, he commented.